If we shift from the vicissitudes of the different editions of Barolini's stories and of the language through which the stories are narrated to the characters inhabiting those stories, we also find an eloquent anxiety in them that is in line with the lexicon of improperty
employed by Nancy; that is, the fact of not having the exclusive possession of what a subject produces or is.
Whatever growth can be attributed to Fanny in this novel, and whatever ways in which she shows herself to be a fit partner for Edmund at its conclusion, are attributable precisely to her experience of repeated externalized blockages: blockages that yield a sense of the self not simply as a property, since the mere sense of a property cannot yield "self-knowledge" in Austen's view, but (to borrow a term from Giorgio Agamben) as an improperty
, an "event of an outside." (17)
If the spores germinate, the sterilizer is functioning improperty
. Many podiatry offices are lax in this respect.